Walk-In Closet Design Ideas that Make it Easy to Share
Divide up a shared walk-in closet in a way that will keep both partners happy.
Separate closets can play a part in matrimonial harmony. This is especially true if one spouse has a lot more "stuff" than the other. But don't worry if individual closets are not a possibility. There are several walk-in closet design ideas you can use when dividing up your closet. All are guaranteed to help keep both partners happy with their shared space.
Is her/his stuff overcrowding your stuff in the closet? Does the area for hanging your clothes seem to keep shrinking while your spouse's keeps expanding? Lack of space creates stress, and who rules the closet can become an unnecessary source of spousal discord. Keep the peace and enhance your marital bliss by reorganizing your closet so that both partners are satisfied with their space.
5 Walk-In Closet Design Ideas for Dividing Up a 2-Person Closet
Take Inventory Before You Start
Before you try and divide the closet down the middle, take a good hard look at what each person has in their wardrobe and how it should be stored. Chances are, you will not be able to simply draw a line down the middle of the closet and satisfy both parties. Everyone has different types of clothes and accessories. It's central to each individual's personal style and part of what makes them unique. Some people need more hanging space, while others need more drawers or shelves. It's best to take inventory before you begin. Count everything that needs to go into the closet, accessing the type and quantity of storage needed for each person. Refer to our wardrobe and clothing inventory checklist if you need help getting started.
Put as many Clothes into Separates/Double Hang as Possible
Double hang is the type of closet organizer used for hanging your "separates" i.e. pants folded over a hanger, shirts, short skirts and jackets, etc. This is the type of closet organizer that will increase your closet space the most as it literally doubles the amount of hanging space by hanging the clothes rods one over the other. If you and your partner find yourselves jockeying for space in the closet, you need to assign as much of your wardrobe to double hang as possible. This may mean folding some garments, including pants, over a hanger rather than hanging them by the cuff. It also means getting rid of those dry-cleaning bags. Dry-cleaning bags come in standard sizes that require a medium hang or long hang closet section, even if it's just one skinny little tie inside the bag. They are a waste of space and long-term storage in a plastic bag can even be bad for your clothes, as it doesn't allow fabric to breathe. The hangers are always cheap, ugly wires that offer minimal support for the clothes. Do yourself a favor and rid of them.
Choose Your Remaining Closet Organizer Sections
Nearly every closet is composed of varying arrangements of the four basic types of closet organizers. There are long-hang, medium-hang, double hang, and all shelves closet organizers. (Drawers can be incorporated into any shelf cavity and are therefore not considered to be one of the basic closet organizers). Before getting started with your walk-in closet design ideas, figure out how space needs to be dedicated to each type of closet organizer. Separate the sections per person so that you know how much long-hang, double hang, etc. each partner requires.
Divide and Conquer
Now that you know how much linear space and shelving each person needs, it's time to layout the closet. Divide the space according to need, not equality. This is the only way to reach lasting satisfaction with your closet. Each closet will be different, but many closets are divided with the two-thirds rule. This means one spouse takes up two thirds of the closet, while the other only uses one-third. (The way you portion out your closet may differ. Use whatever dimensions work with the space required for each person's clothes as determined in step one). Try to confine each person to their own wall(s) of the closet wherever possible. This creates a natural boundary. However, the longest wall of the closet may need to be shared. Install a built-in dresser, closet hutch, peninsula or island to provide separation and buffer the spaces.
Install Pull-Out Racks & a Good Shoe Organizer
When a closet is over-crowded, tension is often centered around the shoes and other wardrobe accessories that may be inefficiently stored in the closet. Shoes and neckties come to mind as two of the chief culprits that can quickly overwhelm a disorganized closet. Shelves can help, but sometimes there are simply too many shoes and/or ties. Racks that slide or turn away are your salvation in this instance. Put your ties, belts, and scarves on slide-out racks to keep them hidden away when not in use, saving space. Use multiple racks for large collections. They install against a wall or closet panel, requiring only a few inches of space. Shoes are best stored on shelves, but if the collection is over large, it may not be possible to install enough standard shelves in the closet to handle them all. The 360 Organizer® Shoe Spinner can save the day. It's a floor to ceiling shelving system just for shoes that turns on a Lazy Susan like mechanism. It installs in a 40-inch x 40-inch corner and holds up to 200 pairs of shoes — many more than you might otherwise fit in this space.
Happily Ever After!
Is there such a thing as too much togetherness? Maybe so. After all, it's never easy to share, especially when it seems there isn't enough to go around for even one. When it comes to the closet, however, you can change that. Use these walk-in closet design ideas to divide up a shared walk-in closet in a way that will keep both partners happy. Try it out. Marital bliss may be just a closet away.